Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The Gnarly Science Of The Stefan-Boltzman Law

Three points of interest today:

1. A wonderful afterschool sick-nap. For some reason, a good nap feels even better if you're a little under the weather. No matter how uncomfortable your nap-spot may be, your brain just says "What the deuce? The inner ear says we're horizontal! Huzzah! Huzzay!" and everything shuts down for a while.

What's more, I even had a weird little nap-dream. I don't quite recall everything that happened, but from what I do remember, it was my birthday and Paige Northway and I were going to visit Linda Dockter in her office. But for some reason, Linda's office was at a museum in the cities (sort of a mix between the MIA and the Science Museum), and it was also sort of an apartment. I fell asleep on the floor in my dream, but I don't recall any meta-dreams; that woulda been sweet.

2. I patched up a couple of folders today, using the only suitable tape in the house: the camo duct tape Maya bought for, but forgot to give to, Hannah. This shit is sweet. It's like tarp on a roll. I basically had to use a blowtorch to cut the stuff. I'm sure glad I have it and not Hannah!

3. So I read this webcomic (only one, I promise!) called dinosaur comics, and in yesterday's comic a character wonders about the feasibility and power requirements (in terms of number of suns) of a device which would use light to throw a person up against a wall. The author left a note asking if some of his more scientifically-minded readers could come up with an estimate. So two guys with nothing better to do came up with this ridiculous proof. Apparently, it would only take 4.7x10-15 of the total surface area of the sun to make such a cannon work. Good to know.


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14 Comments:

At 9:15 PM, January 16, 2007, Blogger mayah said...

hey fuck you! at least someone's using it. hannah, have faith, it's sweetass.

 
At 11:03 PM, January 16, 2007, Blogger Houley said...

you're talking about the light cannon i presume

 
At 11:03 PM, January 16, 2007, Blogger Houley said...

or maybe the stefan-boltzman law

 
At 11:09 PM, January 16, 2007, Blogger Houley said...

anyway i had a nap-dream today too, i just can't remember it... I had thought to blog about it but I didn't, since it was fairly normal anyway; the best part was that I woke up in the middle momentarily but fell back to sleep and resumed it.

 
At 12:04 AM, January 17, 2007, Blogger Samwalkertron said...

I was havin a totally erotic dream today when i woke up around noon and tried to go back to sleep to resume it but failed.

 
At 12:53 AM, January 17, 2007, Blogger Houley said...

i hope you're not expecting sympathy

 
At 4:17 AM, January 17, 2007, Blogger matt said...

christ i laughed too hard at that proof, and then sams comment

 
At 9:53 AM, January 17, 2007, Blogger hannah said...

rule number one:
one must not withhold camo duct tape from a republican.

 
At 10:25 AM, January 17, 2007, Blogger mayah said...

i looked over the proof, and it's not unlike the problems we used to do in physics class. that would be a question on the final, and i would get 6/40 on it, for writing out the formulas.

 
At 1:48 PM, January 17, 2007, Blogger Houley said...

yeah it's pretty manageable, and everything but the Stefan-Boltzman law is pretty familiar.

 
At 3:28 PM, January 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

check this out for more "good to know" stuff:
www.gullible.info
But beware! It is (completely)useless trivia(because it is made up)(source: Star Tribune)

 
At 4:30 PM, January 17, 2007, Blogger constant_k said...

Oh man. Did tirth just cite a source on a blog comment?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Niemi would be proud. Probably dissatisfied, though. That citation needs at least 6 more colons and a tilde.

 
At 8:46 PM, January 17, 2007, Blogger Amelia said...

max, your dream meant that you should come down and see the race exhibit with me this weekend!

 
At 3:51 PM, January 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look here, Max. The only reason I cited the source was because I took the exact citation (completely)useless trivia(because it is made up).

 

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